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The Middle Sea

A History of the Mediterranean

By John Julius Norwich

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Format: Paperback, 688 pages
Other Information: 32 pp colour and b/w illustrations; 8 maps
Published In: United Kingdom, 05 July 2007
The Mediterranean has nurtured three of the most dazzling civilisations of antiquity, witnessed the birth or growth of three of our greatest religions and links three of the world s six continents. To the peoples living around its periphery, it has served at various times as a cradle and a grave, a bond and a barrier, a blessing and a battlefield. It has inspired writers from Homer and Virgil to Norman Douglas and Patrick Leigh Fermor. Geographically, it is unlike any other sea in the world; in historical importance also, it stands alone. John Julius Norwich has visited every country around its shores; he has written histories of Norman Sicily, of Venice and of Byzantium. Now at last he tells the story of the Middle Sea itself a story that begins with the Phoenicians and the Pharaohs and ends with the Treaty of Versailles. He takes us through the Arab conquests of Syria and North Africa; the Holy Roman Empire and the Crusades; Ferdinand and Isabella and the Spanish Inquisition; the great sieges of Rhodes and Malta by the Sultan S leyman the Magnificent; the pirates of the Barbary Coast and the Battle of Lepanto; Nelson and Napoleon; the Greek War of Independence and the Italian

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A magnificent undertaking: a one-volume narrative history of the Mediterranean Sea from Ancient Egypt to 1919, written in the racy readable prose for which John Julius Norwich is famous.

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John Julius Norwich is the author of histories of Norman Sicily, of the Republic of Venice and of the Byzantine Empire. He has also written on architecture, music and the history plays of Shakespeare, and has presented some thirty historical documentaries on BBC Television. He is now working on a volume of memoirs.Formerly Chairman of Colnaghi - the oldest fine art dealers in London - he remains Chairman of the Venice in Peril Fund and the World Monuments Fund in Britain. For twenty-five years he was a member of the Executive Committee of the National Trust, and has also served on the Boards of the English National Opera and the London Library. He is a regular lecturer on history, art history, architecture and music, and is an enthusiastic night-club pianist.

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Famed historian Norwich has done Venice and Byzantium, so why not move on to the entire Mediterranean? Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.

"Norwich is a superb narrative historian...With Norwich on the Mediterranean we sense that we are accompanied by an old friend. You can take your Blue Guide, or your Rough Guide, anywhere you like; but if you are planning to go anywhere south of the Alps and north of the Sahara...this is your book" -- Jason Goodwin * Literary Review * "An expertly paced, occasionally exhilarating read. It may even prove a landmark in popular history-telling...a splendid achievement for its memorable scope and vitality... This wonderfully riveting history reveals our favourite holiday destination in all its glorious, epic depth" -- Jeremy Seal * Sunday Telegraph * "He spices his narrative liberally with entertaining anecdotes, deft portraits and brisk judgements... Lord Norwich's control of his vast and complex subject matter is masterly. And the subject matter itself is a colourful as history can get" * The Economist * "Infectiously enthusiastic" * Scotsman *

EAN: 9781844133086
ISBN: 1844133087
Publisher: Vintage
Dimensions: 19.8 x 12.9 x 2.9 centimetres (0.38 kg)
Age Range: 15+ years
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A good history book about the mediterranean area, going through the hitory of countries who were linked by it. Italy features prominently, but Turkey and other countries who had interests in the mediterraean crop up. The wrting is very readeable and I enjoyed it very much. However the font siez is on the small side and so it may deter some. The book arrived in good condition

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